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Audi reveals 2019 A6 sedan

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Audi has lifted the covers off the 2019 A6 sedan, featuring a host of upgrades, hybrid technology, and features first seen in the A8.

The German automaker revealed that the eighth-generation luxury sedan will be larger than its predecessor and will feature mild hybrid technology that promises increased fuel efficiency. The new A6 will come with two powertrains, both equipped with the hybrid tech system. The turbocharged V6 petrol option pumps out 340hp, mated to a dual-clutch 7-speed transmission and Audi’s Quattro system, while the 3.0-litre diesel does a good 286hp. The diesel option, available in most international markets, is connected to an 8-speed automatic.

Coast to Coast

So what’s the deal with the mild hybrid? Audi has said their new hybrid tech works with a lithium-ion battery, meaning the A6 can coast from speeds of 34.2 and 99.4 mph. The stop-start function will kick in even at 22mph and will restart automatically when the vehicle in front of it starts. The automaker has also promised that;

In real-world driving, the MHEV technology reduces fuel consumption by up to 0.7 litres per 100 kilometers.

That aims to reduce the already low 7.1 liters per 100km (33 mpg) of fuel consumption in the petrol version.

More technology than the eye can see

The most impressive part of new Audis is perhaps the wide range of technology that the cars can come equipped with. The new A6 will feature Audi’s MMI navigation system alongside a host of driver assistance features. The latter gives you the option to autonomously park the car in your garage or into parking spaces, while the top of the range A6s will come specced with laser and ultrasonic scanners, 5 cameras, and 5 radars.

This on top of the Volkswagen Group’s Virtual Cockpit display and the impressive dual-screen infotainment set up (first seen in the A8), the new A6 will probably be able to do everything for you except make you a coffee in the morning.

No pricing has been announced just yet and while the European and international markets will see the A6 by the summer and at the latest, the end of the year, the A6 will touch down in the United States sometime later. The car’s official unveiling will come at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, which will take place from the 8th until the 18th of March.

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Rare Ferrari GTO sells for record $70 million

How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams?

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How much money would you pay for the car of your dreams? What about a one-of-a-kind beauty that you see driving past your prestige dealer? How about a rare 1963 Ferrari GTO?

If you are Dave MacNeil, the answer to the latter, is USD $70 million. MacNeil, who is the CEO of automotive weather guard company WeatherTech, shelled out the record amount for a rare Ferrari.

It is no ordinary rare Ferrari of course. While already limited to 39 builds, this particular one, chassis number 4153 GT, is special. The car won the 1964 Tour de France motor race and finished fourth at Le Mans in 1963.

Records Broken

The $70 million paid by MacNeil eclipses the previous record for the Ferrari GTO. In 2013, a GTO was sold for a then record $53 million.

The Ferrari GTO is powered by a 3.0-litre V12 engine and is one of only 39 built between 1962-1964.

MacNeil joins an exclusive group of GTO owners that include Ralph Lauren and Walmart heir Rob Walton.

How much is too much?

When you are in the same tax bracket as the Ralph Laurens and Walmarts of the world, perhaps there really isn’t a price that is too much for a prized automobile. It is truly rarefied air when the cars in your collection exceed seven digits a piece. For the rest of us, it seems utterly ridiculous of course. Collectors however, do see the worth of these incredibly rare vehicles.

How would you rather spend $70 million? I would definitely buy an expensive sports car, but one for considerably less.

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Camaro coming to Australia as an automatic only

The Chevrolet Camaro is officially coming to Australia this year as an import from Holden Special Vehicles. Excitement may have been tempered slightly with its expected high price, and its auto-only option.

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With the demise of local manufacturing, Australian buyers looking for grunt outside of expensive European options have flocked to the Ford Mustang. Almost 10,000 ‘Stangs were sold last year, which is enough proof that, while Australians don’t make affordable muscle cars anymore, they still want to buy them.

Holden, without a flagship V8 for the first time in decades, is turning to its parent company GM for a much needed boost. Holden’s performance arm, Holden Special Vehicles, announced earlier that the Chevy Camaro, in its 2SS trim, will be made available this year.

Good News and Bad News

That’s definitely the good news portion of it. While the thrill of locally made, hotted-up Commodores have been put to bed, the Camaro is more than a worthy successor. HSV have announced the specs for the 2SS for Australia, proving that it’ll pack quite the punch to satisfy the cravings of auto enthusiasts and muscle car fans.

The Australian 2SS Camaros will come with a 6.2-litre Gen 5 LT1 V8, packing 454hp (339kW) and 455 ft-lb of torque (617Nm). It will have Brembo brakes, a bi-modal exhaust, tons of technology and a variety of colour options.

So what is bad news here? Well, the Camaros have started arriving in Australia in your factory standard left-hand drive version. They are being converted to right-hand drive by HSV, which will add a hefty bump to the price tag. While no official numbers have been released just yet, speculation is that the price will come in around USD$60,400 (AUD$80,000). That’s almost $20k more than made-for-Australia Mustangs. HSV says they will be looking to keep numbers at 1,000 units a year, well below that of Ford’s current Mustang sales.

Another sticking point for performance enthusiasts is that the Australian Camaros will be available with an automatic transmission only. I know that probably stings, so I’ll let that sink in for a moment. Equipped with paddle shifters, it’ll be mated to an 8-speed auto transmission, which means the Camaro will be based on the outgoing 2018 model, and not the new 2019.

Still a Winner

Time will tell how the factory-backed Camaro will do. European performance cars have done pretty well with automatic transmissions, so it shouldn’t really hurt that much. While on the pricey side, the Camaro will still be far more affordable than an Audi RS or BMW M-series. It is a just a shame that this particular car, one that is aimed at filling in some lofty Commodore shoes, comes a little shackled from the get-go.

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